Registrars & Hosting Companies Using the Google Sandbox to Influence Longer Domain Registration Payments

May 4, 2006 • 7:53 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Topics
 

A WebmasterWorld member posted a thread asking how critical it is to register a domain name for longer than a year. He asks, because his hosting company claimed that registering a domain name longer than one year, will improve his rankings in Google.

First, there is no conclusive evidence that the patent that Google issued that shows how a search engine can use domain registration length to determine the 'spamminess' of a site will be applied to Google results.

Second, if it did, why wouldn't spammers who can potentially make millions a month, spend an extra few hundred bucks to register a throw away domain for ten years.

Three, it is not right for a hosting or domain registration company to profit off of this, in my opinion.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

Update: It seems Google has gone on the record saying domain registration length does not impact rankings.

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Comments:

Michael Martinez

05/04/2006 05:42 pm

I renew all my domains on an annual basis and my rankings have not suffered in the least. So far, my registrar has not suggested that I renew in any way I don't want to. Nor has my hosting company approached me with such a ridiculous suggestion. I would call them on it if they did, and most likely would move my domains to more reasonable companies.

Search Engines WEB *

05/04/2006 08:49 pm

Second, if it did, why wouldn't spammers who can potentially make millions a month, spend an extra few hundred bucks to register a throw away domain for ten years. ====================================== The Spammers have NO way of verifying this rumour, any more than the honest Webmasters. Until Matt or Google Guy - verifies this - there will be no certain way of measuring this. And, even if this was a factor - - - - - how much could it possible weigh when compared to the importance of Back Links and PageRank and Title Tags?

mugshot

05/05/2006 02:21 am

The hosting company that used the 'sandbox' to persuade longer registration should be boycotted and put out of business!

Mohsin Mirza

05/27/2011 05:43 pm

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